6 days gorilla & chimpanzee trekking safari

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

This six-day safari offers you a chance to visit some of Uganda’s lush national parks and check out Africa’s great apes, including mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. You will also enjoy bird watching, a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, as well as a game drive in the magical Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to the famed tree-climbing lions of Ishasha.

INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE
>>Airport pick-up and return
>>Fully escorted by Mutanda Gorilla Tours guide
>>Ground transportation
>>5 nights accommodation
>>Daily breakfast, lunches and dinners
>>All sightseeing and park entry fees as per itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda!

Once you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, you will be picked up by a Mutanda Gorilla Tours driver/guide who will take you to the capital Kampala, a 40-minute drive from Entebbe.

Upon arrival in Kampala, you will check into your hotel for dinner, relaxation and overnight ahead of tomorrow’s eight-hour journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

In case you have enough time on your hands, you will go a brief tour of Kampala –a city that has been christened East Africa’s Entertainment Capital – and browse local markets, eateries and hangouts. What’s more, Kampalans are famous for their outstanding friendliness so expect to have a great time!

Distance from Entebbe: 40 minutes

Hotel options: Kampala Serena Hotel | Tourist Hotel |Pearl of Africa Hotel | Hotel Africana | Naguru Skyz Hotel

Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

In the morning after breakfast, you will check out of your Kampala hotel and begin your eight-hour journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Kanungu district, southwestern Uganda. The journey to the park will reward you with awe-inspiring views of the verdant Ugandan countryside that is dotted with beautiful rolling hills farmed in terraces.

About five hours into the journey, you will make a stopover in Mbarara town – one of the largest towns in Uganda – where you will have a sumptuous lunch before embarking on the final stretch to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Upon arrival, you will be a guest at one of the picturesque lodges near the park.

Distance from Kampala: 8 hours

Hotel options: Gorilla Safari Lodge | Gorilla Resort Lodge | Clouds Lodge | Mahogany Springs Lodge | Silverback Lodge

Day 3: Gorilla trekking

Today is the highlight of your four-day trip to Uganda. You will have an early morning breakfast and then head out for Africa’s most coveted travel adventure: mountain gorilla trekking in the thick jungles of the impenetrable Bwindi rainforest.

Your starting point will be the park headquarters, where you will be taken through the dos and don’ts of mountain gorilla trekking before park rangers divide you into about 14 trekking groups – and each group of 10 will track its own gorilla family. The trek through the slippery trails of Bwindi Forest can sometimes be exhausting as it takes anything from 2-8 hours before you finally come across the gorillas.

But once you find them, you will realize how the trek is worth every penny spent and energy expended; it’s such a memorable and humbling experience to come face-to-face with these majestic species that have been on the verge of extinction for decades.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s rules dictate that you can only spend one hour with the gorillas as you watch them feed and play. Take note: despite the mountain gorillas’ enormous physiques, they are not aggressive at all as they are accustomed to human presence; expect them to simply stare at you.

After the once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking adventure, you will be driven to a lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, about four hours from Bwindi, where you will dine and spend the night.

Journey time: 4 hours

Hotel options: Simba Safari Camp | Mweya Safari Lodge |Bush lodge |Ihamba Safari Lodge | Kyambura Game Lodge

Day 4: Tree-climbing lions of Ishasha

After breakfast, you will head out for a game drive in the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park for an encounter with the famous tree-climbing lions of Ishasha and other residents of the park. This open savannah on the rim of the Albertine Rift Valley is also home to over 600 bird species – the largest concentration in a single reserve in the whole of eastern Africa.

You will have a lunch picnic within the park and then continue to the Mweya Peninsula before returning to your lodge.

Hotel options: Simba Safari Camp | Mweya Safari Lodge |Bush Lodge |Ihamba Safari Lodge | Kyambura Game Lodge

Day 5: Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

Today’s morning game drive will take you through the Kasenyi and Queen’s Mile, an area that is frequented by a wide range of animal and bird species, including lions, kobs, waterbucks, elephants, warthogs, cape buffalos, spotted hyenas and mongooses. After a short drive, you will head back to the lodge for breakfast and also get a chance to rest by the poolside.

Later in the afternoon after lunch, you will head out for your final Queen Elizabeth National Park adventure: a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which is sure to reward you with sightings of hippos playing in the water, several bird species, cape buffaloes as well as crocodiles.

Your day 5 in Uganda will end with a ride to Kibale National Park for dinner and overnight ahead of your chimpanzee trekking expedition tomorrow morning.

Journey time: 3 hours

Hotel options: Ruwenzori View Guest House| Chimp Nest Lodge | Mountains of the moon | Kyaninga Lodge | Primate Lodge | Ndali Lodge

Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park

After you have had breakfast in the morning, you will head out to the tropical Kibale Forest for the final activity of this trip: chimpanzee trekking. But unlike mountain gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking is less exhausting. Kibale Forest is home to more than 5,000 chimpanzees, meaning you won’t scour the forest for a very long time before you find them.

Chimp trekking is an awe-inspiring experience not only because chimpanzees are human’s closest relatives but also because you will get to see some other interesting residents of the forest, including various primates such as l’hoest monkeys, blue monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys, baboons, white & black colobus monkeys, and the red colobus monkeys, among other wildlife.

After an hour or so of scouring the forest, you will eventually come face-to-face with the chimpanzees and observe them play, feed and care for each other. You will be allowed to stay with them for one hour, after which you will return to your lodge, have a light meal and head back to Entebbe for your flight back home – in case your flight is scheduled then.

Alternatively, you will spend the night in Kampala and travel back home the following day.

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